Prevention

INW PCP Integrated Health Promotion (IHP) Alliance

The Integrated Health Promotion Alliance (The Alliance) is the INW PCP’s prevention partnership group, consisting of member organisations from across Inner North West Melbourne. The role of the Alliance is to lead and advise on collaborative approaches to health promotion and prevention across the catchment, including:

  • Identifying a shared vision, priorities, goals and objectives for the INW PCP IHP Plan.
  • Driving a coordinated primary prevention approach to shared IHP priorities across the INW PCP’s four Local Government Areas.
  • Advocating for a greater understanding of, participation in and commitment to a collaborative approach to health promotion and prevention that addresses shared priorities within a social determinants framework.
  • Building inter-sectoral and collaborative IHP partnerships.
  • Identifying and facilitating opportunities to address health promotion workforce development needs.
  • Collaborating on the development and implementation of an evaluation framework for health promotion/primary prevention activities across the INW PCP catchment.

Current membership of the INW PCP IHP Alliance:

  • City of Melbourne
  • City of Yarra
  • cohealth
  • Merri Health
  • Moonee Valley City Council
  • Moreland City Council
  • North Richmond Community Health Service
  • North Western Melbourne Primary Care Network
  • Women’s Health in the North
  • Women’s Health West

Prevention Priority Areas and Projects

The INW PCP prevention and health promotion priorities and projects for 2013-17 are:

  • Mental and emotional wellbeing
  • Prevention of violence against women
  • Problem gambling

INCEPT (Inner North West Collaborative Evaluation Project)

INCEPT is a collaborative evaluation project of the INW PCP IHP Alliance. The aim of the project is to strengthen evaluation practice across the INW catchment through a consistent approach to evaluation, and to develop evidence on the effectiveness of local preventing violence against women (PVAW) health promotion initiatives.

The primary focus of the project is to develop a joint evaluation framework that supports agencies to evaluate their PVAW initiatives and enhance their evaluation practice.  The framework includes shared indicators that agencies can use to collect data in common areas, which will create local evidence base to inform future PVAW initiatives.

University of Melbourne are research partners on this project along with nine INWPCP partner agencies listed below.

When INCEPT commenced in 2013, it had a wider focus on mental and emotional wellbeing, particularly the determinant ‘freedom from discrimination’, however this was further narrowed to PVAW in early 2015.  This has enabled a more focused and manageable approach to the joint evaluation.

During 2015 INCEPT partners developed the INCEPT Evaluation Guide.  The guide will be piloted by agencies over 2016 and it will then be revised and ready to use by the beginning of the next planning cycle in July 2017.  The data collected over the pilot period will be collated and analysed and will help inform the planning, implementation and evaluation of PVAW strategies in the INW catchment.

Current INCEPT project partners:

City of Melbourne
City of Yarra
Cohealth
Merri Community Health Service
Moonee Valley City Council
Moreland City Council
North Richmond Community Health Service
Women’s Health in the North
Women’s Health West

If your organisation is currently planning or implementing PVAW projects and would like to be involved in the INCEPT project, please contact the Prevention Manager, Rebecca Morgan rebeccam@inwpcp.org.au

Supporting regional approaches to the prevention of violence against women

A key part of the INW PCP’s commitment to the prevention of violence against women is our ongoing support for, and contribution to the implementation of regional PVAW approaches, led by women’s health organisations in our catchment.

In 2010, the INW PCP endorsed and signed on as a key partner to Women’s Health West’s Preventing Violence Together: Western Region Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women

In 2013, the INW PCP endorsed and committed to the vision and goals of Women’s Health in the North’s Building a Respectful Community – Preventing Violence against women: A Strategy for the Northern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne 2011-2016.

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